BackDances with a Difference, Volume 5

DartingtonThe Clocks Go Back Tonight
New York TimesElegy
Northbourne HopEnglish Breakfast Tea
Old Friends and NewTea Up!
The Amherst AssemblyThursday Night Flash
Star of DavidRenata
Round Hill WeddingThe Graduate
Karen's TubaWell Done, Brenda
Centre of FriendsGold for Brenda
CatdancerGarden City Square
True BritanniaThe Last of England
Good TurnsNo Clapping!
MidwinterMr Handel's Minuet
The Clocks Go Forward TonightTogether


I admit it — I produced this book in a rush and there are far too many mistakes!

Northbourne Hop — page 6

You are supposed to join hands in the lines.

In bar 4 of the A-music, everything but the last note should be moved up a third, so the melody note is F# not D.  Click here for a corrected version of the tune.

Old Friends and New — page 7

The B music should start A C C D C and then F in bar 2, rather than A E E F E and then A in bar 2.  Click here for a corrected version of the tune.

Star of David — page 10

The dancing right shoulder round someone in A1 and A2 is until you are facing in — don't go all the way round.

True Brittannia — page 21

The D music in 2:2 time is for the last time through the dance.

Good Turns — page 22

It's a standard progression (2-3-1), not a reverse progression.

Midwinter — page 24

Bar 7 of the B-music needs crotchet G and B after the minim G and an octave below it.

The Clocks go Forward Tonight — page 26

What I meant in B1/B2 is that the reel starts 3-2-1, you get back to these positions and then the threes and twos do one more change to finish 2-3-1, which is a standard progression in England.

The Clocks Go Back Tonight — page 27

Add a time signature of 2:2, and the sharp in the key signature of the second line.

Tea Up!  — page 32

A1 is like the start of a “strip the willow” from both ends.  It should be danced with a step-hop all the way through, not just in B2.

Elegy — page 29

In bar 8 of the B music the last two notes should be A, B, not F, G.  See/hear the correct version.

English Breakfast Tea — page 30:   In C2, “Men cross left shoulder” means “cast left shoulder round each other”.

Garden City Square — page 40

I've been asked to clarify that after the left-hand turn ¾ in the third figure B1 the ladies move anti-clockwise and the men move clockwise in the circular hey.  In B2 it's the other way.

No Clapping!  — page 44

The note should say Cary Ravitz, not Gary Ravitz.  The sharp in the key signature of the A music shouldn't be there, but as there aren't any F's in the tune it doesn't matter!

Megalomania — page 48

Yes I did mean that G# in bar 5 of the B-music — but I've missed out an F# in bar 7.

January 2002

On Monday, October 29, 2007, Grant Logan from Toronto (Thornhill, Ontario) wrote:
Colin, in Tea Up! you indicate using a step-hop for A2. Do I assume the remainer of the dance is a walking step. It seems to me that the whole dance could be done using a schottische step - 1,2,3,hop.

Thanks,  Grant
On Monday, October 29, 2007, Colin Hume from Letchworth wrote:
Grant -

I'm sorry, there are more errors in DWAD5 than in any of my other books - I produced it in a rush.  In this case I copied the instructions straight from my card, which has the "step-hop" squeezed in at the end of A2.  I would expect the whole dance to be done to a step-hop, though in any hornpipe dance you have the option of using a schottishe step.